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Hammer and knife killer gets life
David Proctor
Police said Proctor had also stamped on his victim
A 31-year-old man has been given a life term for killing a man by attacking him with a knife and a hammer in Tyneside.

David Proctor, of Cardonnel Street, North Shields, was told, at Newcastle Crown Court, that he must serve a minimum of 17-and-a-half years in jail.

He had previously pleaded guilty to the murder of Christopher Blacklock, 32, who died of head injuries and stab wounds on 19 September, 2007.

Mr Blacklock's parents said they were "disappointed" with the legal system.

In a statement, Harry and Susan Blacklock said: "Considering its gravity, in real terms no amount of punishment will ever be enough.

"The fact that elsewhere in the UK sentences in excess of 20 years appear to be the norm, we are very disappointed and disillusioned with the legal system.

Christopher Blacklock
Christopher Blacklock was attacked with a hammer and knife

"Seventeen-and-a-half years is all he has been sentenced to and he deserves to be locked away for the rest of his life."

Det Insp Steve Barron, who led the investigation, said: "Christopher had suffered a significant number of injuries as a result of being assaulted with a knife and a hammer.

"In addition, Proctor had stamped on and kicked Christopher repeatedly.

"This was a lengthy and violent attack during which Christopher tried valiantly to defend himself."

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